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Philippine Appeals Court orders PAGCOR to issue casino license

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Philippines Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling ordering the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to issue a license for Waterfront Philippines to operate an IR in Manila’s Entertainment City.

Waterfront first filed a petition for mandamus in March 2015, saying it had submitted all requirements – including a $100-million cash deposit – but Pagcor was ignoring its application.

“Considering that no additional documents were further required to be submitted, Waterfront is deemed to have completed the requirements for its project application, which warranted the review and evaluation thereof,” said the CA in a 19-page ruling penned by Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan.

The Court of Appeals also agreed that Waterfront must receive P200,000 (US$3,800) for damages.

The company is planning to build the Grand Waterfront Hotel and Casino at Entertainment City in Parañaque City.

The court noted that Waterfront seeks a license “similar to those granted to Resorts World Manila, City of Dreams, Solaire Resort and Casino, and Okada Manila.”

Waterfront operates several hotel-casino properties in the Philippines, the gaming operations of which utilize PAGCOR’s own Casino Filipino brand.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Almost Two-Thirds of Japanese Oppose Plans for Integrated Resorts

Niji Narayan

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Japanese citizens continue to oppose the plans for integrated resorts. According to a recent poll, 57.9% of the respondents disagree with the plan and 26.6% agree with it. Among the supporters, 62.8% said they would back the establishment of a casino resort in their area and 29.0% said they would not.

Japan’s public opinion may play a key role in whether some prefectures decide to press ahead with plans to host an IR. Yokohama recently announced it was planning to enter the race and swiftly became the firm favourite amongst major IR operators. However, public opinion against IRs is particularly strong there and may ultimately sway political opinion.

The continued opposition comes despite a concerted effort by operators to win hearts and minds in Japan, sponsoring local festivals and sports events and promoting non-gaming and other elements of IRs.

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Japan to Launch Casino Commission in January 2020

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The Government of Japan is planning to launch the country’s casino management commission on January 7, 2020. The casino management commission will have five members. Their appointments require a confirmation from the country’s parliament and they will serve five-year terms.

The casino management commission is to be in charge of security matters, probity and background checks. The body will oversee integrated resort (IR) operators in that country, as well as devise measures to counter gambling addiction.

Japan is to allow a maximum of three resorts in the first phase of market liberalisation. The national government has yet to announce the full version of its so-called basic policy on IRs. Several prefectural governments and ordinance-designated cities in Japan have already shown interest in hosting an IR.

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Aruze Gaming Installs Super Big Wheel at City of Dreams

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Aruze Gaming has installed its Super Big Wheel at City of Dreams. The installation forms part of a new ETG zone at City of Dreams and is one of two new Aruze products to be deployed on the main gaming floor, alongside Lucky Roulette.

Super Big Wheel is an X station platform with dual LCD screens. Players can select any of the six coloured areas on the area bet screen to bet on the side game, which also offers a chance at winning a jackpot.

Lucky Roulette is an immersive new roulette game that features an automated roulette wheel with evocative dynamic projection imaging. The three-dimensional visual experience combines the appeal of a traditional roulette.

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